South Australian, Indi and New England voters oppose current asylum seeker policy, support resettlement of refugees

New state-wide ReachTEL polling in South Australia and in the seats of New England and Indi on refugee policy shows most voters do not support the current policy to send all boat arrivals to Nauru and Manus Island. The polling also shows majority support for the resettlement in Australia of those assessed as refugees who arrive by boat.

In South Australia, the poll showed only 25.9% support for the current government policy of indefinite, offshore detention. 58% supported the resettlement of those assessed as refugees in Australia, while 11.5% support all arrivals being allowed to stay.

In the regional electorates of Indi and New England voters also found strong support for the proposition that ‘those people found to be genuine refugees should be allowed to stay in Australia once their claims are assessed’. (see polling below)

21% of Indi respondents and 31% in New England supported Manus and Nauru detention, but in both electorates more than half of respondents supported allowing those assessed as refugees to stay in Australia, even when they arrive by boat.

“Despite a political perception that current refugee policies are popular, this poll shows that most Australians reject the idea that the government should lock up and never resettle asylum seekers who arrive by boat,” Executive Director of The Australia Institute, Ben Oquist said.

“The poll indicates the public does not support the current policy setting of sending all boat arrivals to offshore centres and demonstrates a depth of compassion in the Australian community for people who are fleeing persecution and hardship,” Oquist said.

ReachTEL polled 1,077 residents across South Australia, 656 across Indi and 662 in New England on 10th March 2016, asking:

Of the following, how would you like to see asylum seekers and refugees who arrive in Australia by boat managed?

South Australia results

 

Total

Female

Male

18 – 34

35 – 50

51 – 65

65+

All sent to offshore detention centres on Manus and Nauru

25.9%

22.5%

29.5%

27.9%

27.3%

25.5%

21.5%

Be allowed to stay in Australia

11.5%

10.9%

12.2%

24.6%

6.3%

6.1%

7.7%

After having their claims assessed, those people found to be genuine refugees should be allowed to stay in Australia. Those who have not should be deported

58.1%

62.0%

54.1%

45.8%

59.5%

64.3%

65.6%

Undecided

4.5%

4.7%

4.2%

1.7%

6.9%

4.2%

5.3%

Indi results

 

Total

Female

Male

18 – 34

35 – 50

51 – 65

65+

All sent to offshore detention centres on Manus and Nauru

21.4%

16.8%

26.3%

8.8%

23.2%

22.4%

31.1%

Be allowed to stay in Australia

10.3%

13.3%

7.0%

12.8%

14.8%

8.3%

4.9%

After having their claims assessed, those people found to be genuine refugees should be allowed to stay in Australia. Those who have not should be deported

63.4%

64.2%

62.6%

68.8%

57.4%

67.3%

59.0%

Undecided

4.9%

5.6%

4.1%

9.6%

4.5%

1.9%

4.9%

New England results

 

Total

Female

Male

18 – 34

35 – 50

51 – 65

65+

All sent to offshore detention centres on Manus and Nauru

31.0%

22.8%

39.7%

25.5%

33.3%

36.2%

27.9%

All be allowed to stay in Australia

5.2%

5.2%

5.1%

9.2%

4.0%

4.0%

2.5%

After having their claims assessed, those people found to be genuine refugees should be allowed to stay in Australia. Those who have not should be deported

59.4%

65.9%

52.6%

56.0%

58.7%

56.4%

68.0%

Undecided

4.4%

6.2%

2.6%

9.2%

4.0%

3.4%

1.6%

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